The European Union’s Transport and Tourism Committee has approved user rules for a new generation of digital tachographs for trucks and buses.
These devices will use satellite tracking technology to make it easier to check and enforce driving and rest times, while reducing the number of roadside checks, in order to boost compliance with hours of service requirements. However, the committee said the new user rules ensure that this “remote control communication” will not lead to automatic fines or penalties for the driver or the driver’s firm.
The rules now need to be approved by the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers.
These smart tachographs will be fitted to new vehicles of more than 3.5 metric tons within three years, once the necessary technical specifications are defined by the European Commission. Within 15 years, they will have to be fitted, or retrofitted, to all EU-registered trucks and buses.